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Oct. 5, 1921 - Jun. 6, 2013
Frank Schaal, 91, of Sarasota, FL, died on Jun. 6, 2013.
Frank Schaal never stopped giving. Whether he was helping to create a club for inner city youth in Bridgeport, Conn., during the 1960s and 1970s, feeding the homeless or providing meals to Sarasota youth in recent years, or being an inspiration to his family and everyone who crossed his path, through his kindness, humanity and service, Frank Schaal left his mark everywhere he went.
Frank died June 6 in Sarasota, FL from complications during a heart operation.
Born in Breslau, Germany, in 1921, he had to leave his family and flee to England from Nazi Germany. In England, he met Eva, the woman who was to become his wife of 68 years. The shadow of the Holocaust informed Frank's life as his family was scattered in Israel, England and the US.
As a Jew, Frank Schaal was imprisoned by the British in Canada during World War II. The British treated German and Austrian Jewish men similarly to how the US imprisoned the Japanese during the war.
Frank never allowed these experiences to make him bitter. Instead he and Eva created a rich life with a focus on family and service.
Frank Schaal lived most of his life in Bridgeport and Trumbull, Conn., and then Sarasota, Florida.
He was the proud owner of F.S. Electric Co., and was a poet at heart and in deed, having self-published three books.
Frank was president of Abraham Lodge No. 89 of B'nai B'rith in Bridgeport, Conn., in the 1970s, an advisor to a Jewish youth group, a champion of services for the homeless, and the representative of the Jewish community to the local anti-poverty agency ABCD in Bridgeport. He helped found the Good Guys Club, a program for inner-city youth.
Frank helped to found the Social Action committee at Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota. He was a leader in local interfaith activities. Frank and Eva educated local students about the Holocaust.
In 2010, Frank and Eva Schaal received the Generational Impact Award from Westcoast church, the Center for Human Development, in Sarasota, Fla.
Frank is survived by his wife Eva Schaal of Sarasota, Fla., his brother David Schaal in Kibbutz K'far Hamakkabi, Israel; his son Michael Schaal and wife Judy Breitmeyer in South Burlington, Vermont; his son Dennis Schaal of Springfield, New Jersey, grandchildren Amber Schaal and her boyfriend Jack Mellion, and Ariana Lefkowitz and her husband Marc, of Vermont; and Jade Schaal, Yuri Schaal, and Daniela Schaal, all of New Jersey, and great grandchildren Natalie and Shawn Lefkowitz, and Owen Mellion, all of Vermont.
A memorial service was held Sunday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota, Fla. A funeral was conducted Monday, June 10 in Burlington, Vermont, at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, followed by burial at the Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery in South Burlington, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Temple Emanu-El Social Action Committee, 151 Macintosh Road, Sarasota FL 34232, or Westcoast, The Center For Human Development, 4403 North Washington Blvd., Sarasota FL 34236, or All Faiths Food Bank, Backpack Program, Sarasota FL 34240, AllFaithsfoodbank.org.
Published in Herald Tribune from June 11 to June 12, 2013